My New Best Friends

Beth Moore, Shauna Niequist, Christine Caine, Lysa Terkeurst, Maria Goff, Ann Voskamp…

Of course these accomplished authors are not really my best friends, but in seasons of transition, when friends are few or far away, I have claimed them as my new best friends.

I became fast friends with Shauna Niequist through the pages of her book Bittersweet when I was feeling out of sorts and lonely after a big move.  At the end of a chapter, I would close the book and say to myself, “She gets me.”

I like getting to know writers like her who are dedicated to building God’s Kingdom. Reading about their passion to live a meaningful life of purpose gets me going when I’m feeling alone and overwhelmed.

Hebrews 10:24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.

I am thankful to have close friends all around the country, but I can’t just meet them for coffee or carry them around with me like I can Shauna and Beth. These girls can go wherever I go.

Don’t worry, they aren’t my only friends:

  • God promises to always be with me. He is my friend who will build me up and set me straight, so I make time to meet with Him every morning.
  • My sister is my lifetime bestie who will listen to me freak out and then tell me I’m normal, so we chat on the phone a few times a week.
  • My closest friends will tell me the truth, have my back, and help me laugh at myself, so we get together once a year, and it’s better than therapy!

Proverbs 11:25 Those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.

But life is hard, and there are seasons when I feel like I might be wearing out my family and friends.

That’s when I rely on my new friends; their writing inspires me to keep going, and they’re accessible any time of day or night to give me a pep talk.

Spending time with God is foundational; you won’t get anywhere without Him.  Cultivating authentic relationships with people who have your back is essential.  And in seasons when friends are few or far away, finding a friend on the pages of a book or blog post is life-giving.

I am thankful for the friendship, girls.  Please keep writing.


What does His Story have to do with Mine?


More than anything, I want to be part of God’s Great Story.  

This chapter of my story has included moving to a new state, changing jobs, sending off our daughter to college, guiding our son as he starts a new high school, reconnecting with family and old friends as well as making new friends. And I’m learning to trust God with all of it.

God’s been writing His Story for many years, and He is writing a unique story for you, too.

I want you to understand God’s Story so you can better understand your own story.

I am attending a new church, and it’s been a little uncomfortable for me.

Have you ever felt uncomfortable in church?

Maybe you’re new, and you wish you had an old friend by your side. Or maybe the sermon is about some guy named Abraham, and you look around to see everyone nodding their heads, like they know exactly who the preacher is talking about. But you’re sitting there, wondering if you’ve missed something.

What is Abraham’s story? And what does it have to do with your story?

This is why I started writing – to fill you in on some of the foundational stories from the Bible so that you can find your place in God’s Story.

If you’re new to Bible Basics, you may want to start at the beginning to see how the first story in the Bible relates to your story. Or you may want to stick around to see what’s up next.

Either way, welcome. I’m glad you’re here.


Think like a Beginner

Bible Basics started when I met a group of friends who wanted to study the Bible but weren’t sure where to begin.  When it came to looking up a book, chapter and verse, they felt lost.  Weekend sermons left them confused when the pastor would refer to a Bible story “everyone knows,” but they weren’t familiar with it.  They were unsure about a lot of things, but they hadn’t found a safe place to seek help.  When it came to Bible study, they were beginners.

So I offered a 4-day boot camp to do sort of a crash course in Bible basics.  This Bible Basics Boot Camp turned out to be a fun way to develop their muscles when it came to lifting the Sword of God’s Word  (Hebrews 4:12), and it launched a study that now meets once a week.

I have a heart for beginners.

I have a heart for beginners.  I taught middle school Language Arts for a while. It could never compare to teaching true beginners in a kindergarten class, but a student’s first year of middle school is a year that feels like starting over with locker combinations, changing hormones, new friendships and insecurities about whether or not school is cool anymore.  Middle school students are their own brand of beginners who are so much fun to teach when you treat them with respect like they’re in high school but give them grace like they’re still in elementary school.  My job as their teacher was to get them all caught up on grammar and writing skills so that they could be confident as they progressed through school.

So I thought about these ladies as beginners when it came to Bible study, and I determined to help get them all caught up.  There are some basic truths and Bible stories that everyone assumes all Christians already know, like the 10 Commandments or the Lord’s Prayer.  But some of my new friends didn’t grow up in church, and some of them were never taught to study the Bible on their own.  They were beginning to feel behind with no hope of catching up.  So I took the Bible stories I’d learned through Sunday School songs and flannel graphs, the study tools I’d learned in college, and the experience I’d gained as a teacher and came up with a Bible study that would cover the major Old Testament stories while drawing connections to Jesus in the New Testament.

Bible Basics has become a way to get caught up on Bible stories and study tools that were missed somewhere along the way.  My hope is to help everyone feel comfortable and confident navigating their own Bibles so that they can get closer to Jesus.  I think Jesus has a heart for beginners, too.  He spent most of His ministry years teaching 12 friends who weren’t sure where to begin, but who were willing to follow Him and learn from Him.